If you are as big a fan of scary slashers and creepy classics as I am, you are always on the lookout for all the new horror movies (or older ones) that each of your favorite streaming services have to offer. While every platform boasts a healthy selection of titles that are sure to feed your bloodlust, a very impressive amount of the best movies on Peacock fall under that particular category – the fact that most of the films come at no cost, notwithstanding. If you find yourself in the mood for a good scare, look no further than our picks for some of the best horror movies in Peacock’s “Fright Night” section.
The Beyond (1981)
A woman (Catriona MacCall) and others begin to experience bizarre and horrifying events after she inherits an old New Orleans hotel that happens to sit on top of a gateway to the underworld.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: With its shocking gore effects that are signature for its time and a chilling atmosphere throughout, The Beyond is, arguably, the finest of the legendary Lucio Fulci’s unofficial “Gates of Hell” trilogy and one of the most essential films of the supernatural Giallo era, which James Wan would pay tribute to in 2021 with Malignant.
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When his parents hire a young woman (Sarah Bolger) as a last-minute replacement babysitter, a young boy (Joshua Rush) suspects that she is not who she says she is when she begins to show increasingly concerning behavior.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: If you ever had a babysitter whom you despised growing up, I have no doubt you will start to think of them more fondly after watching Emelie – director Micheal Thelin’s deeply disturbing cautionary tale that will have you thinking twice before you leave the kids at home with a stranger.
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A recently orphaned teenage boy (A. Michael Baldwin) and his older brother (Bill Thornbury) discover that a mysterious tall man (Angus Scrimm) is stealing bodies from their graves and set out to learn why.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: With a plot so unapologetically strange (I barely scratched the surface of what is really going on above), a villain so memorably imposing, and other enduringly iconic elements, writer and director Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm is a definitive, must-see example of the cult horror film.
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Starry Eyes (2014)
An aspiring actress (Midnight Mass cast member Alex Essoe) making a living at a restaurant in Hollywood goes to unimaginably dangerous lengths to earn what she believes will be the role of a lifetime.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Not just one of the best horror movies on Peacock, but one of the most criminally underrated modern day gems of the category you will find anywhere is Starry Eyes – a harrowing tale of ambition gone south with a dash of treacherous body horror from Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer of 2019’s Pet Sematary remake fame.
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Citizens of a small, dreary desert town in Nevada discover that a series of bizarre deaths are connected to a pack of giant, man-eating, worm-like creatures burrowing underground, and then struggle to survive them.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: A decade after appearing in the landmark slasher Friday the 13th, Kevin Bacon further cemented his "Scream King" status as the lead of Tremors – one of the most thrilling monster movies ever (let alone one of the smartest and funniest) that would also spawn six sequels (some of which are also available on Peacock Premium).
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The Wailing (2016)
A police officer and family man from South Korea (Kwak Do-won) struggles to figure out the origin and how to prevent the spread of a strange illness which has some villagers convinced it is the work of a demon.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Director Na Hong-jin’s horrifying, thoroughly compelling, and sometimes darkly funny bedtime story The Wailing is a masterpiece of slow-burn horror and one of the greatest Asian horror films in recent memory.
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You’re Next (2013)
The already tense get-together of a dysfunctional, well-to-do family is interrupted by the sudden appearance of several masked assailants targeting everyone in the house one-by-one.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: The home invasion thriller subgenre has never quite balanced intensely bleak and demented choas with razor-sharp wit as well as You’re Next – a cleverly twisted instant classic directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett (the duo behind the upcoming Face/Off sequel).
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The Endless (2017)
A decade after escaping a cult, a man (Aaron Moorhead) is convinced by his younger brother (Justin Benson) to pay a visit to the commune and reunite with their old friends, where they soon make a startling discovery about their strange behavior.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: The directorial duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (also known for the romantic horror masterpiece, Spring, and more recent time-travel thriller, Synchronic) play the lead characters of The Endless – an inventive and thoroughly engrossing Lovecraftian mind-bender that I am not at liberty to reveal much more about.
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Desperate to find the story that could inspire his next bestseller, a true crime novelist (Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke) moves his wife and chldren into a house where a grisly mass murder took place and, upon investigating the matter further, fears that his family may be destined to suffer the same fate.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Before he was cast as the lead of the first installment of the Purge movies, what first cemented Hawke’s status as a modern Scream King was his stellar performance in Sinister–- one of the more uniquely conceived and consistently frightening haunted house movies in recent memory, from co-writer and director Scott Derrickson.
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Black Christmas (1974)
A college student (Olivia Hussey) and her fellow sorority sisters find themselves taunted by a stranger that is most definitely not Santa Claus while spending winter break together at their school’s currently desolate campus.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Years before director Bob Clark finished his iconic and hilarious dream project A Christmas Story, his first holiday classic was Black Christmas – one of the greatest horror films set around Christmas that is often argued to be the true first modern slasher movie.
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The Changeling (1980)
After suffering the loss of his wife and daughter, a professor of music (Academy Award winner George C. Scott) moves himself into a luxurious Seattle estate where strange, unexplainable phenomena lure him into a dark mystery surrounding the house.
Why it is one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese called The Changeling one of the scariest movies he had ever seen and, with director Peter Medak’s talent for building suspense and its ingenious reliance on the psychological in lieu of the visceral, it is easy to see why.
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A teenage metalhead (Milo Cawthorne) is sent to live with his well-to-do aunt and uncle, where he and his new friends form a band that finds and performs a mysterious musical composition that happens to hold the key to unleashing the end of days in New Zealand.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Giving new meaning to the phrase “sell your soul for rock 'n roll" in a most cleverly funny and relentlessly gory way, Deathgasm is also one of the best horror movies on Shudder, especially if you love the Evil Dead franchise, the Bill and Ted movies, and the music of Black Sabbath.
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The House Of The Devil (2009)
A cash-strapped college student (Jocelin Donahue) accepts a baby-sitting job that she quickly comes to regret when nothing appears to be as it seems on the night of a lunar eclipse in 1983.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Writer and director Ti West, later known for X in 2022, instantly became one of the leading heroes in modern indie horror with his underrated ode to the Satanic Panic era, The House of the Devil – another masterpiece of slow-burn horror that earns its place with a shocking final act and an early appearance by future Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig.
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Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
A group of strangers taking refuge together in a small house in the country struggle to survive the hungry, shuffling corpses outside – and each other – while discovering what it means to live in a world overrun with the dead.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Co-writer and director George A. Romero first introduced the world to the modern, definitive incarnation of the zombie with Night of the Living Dead, which is also one of the best movies on Peacock, period, for its cleverly veiled social commentary that would become a staple of the filmmaker’s long-running Dead movies series.
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Day Of The Dead (1985)
A dwindling number of scientists and military personnel take refuge together in an underground bunker, where they struggle to survive the hungry, shuffling corpses above – and each other – while warring over what is most important in a world overrun with the dead.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: After following up his first horrid night with a distressing dawn, George A. Romero would then give us Day of the Dead – one of the more thoughtful, thematically unique, and technically impressive zombie movies in his influential franchise, and of all time, if you ask me.
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Train To Busan (2016)
An overworked businessman (Gong Yoo) takes his daughter (Su-an Kim) on a trip to visit her mother by train, which ends up becoming a ride into relentless terror when the train cars become overrun with hungry, fast-moving corpses.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: One of the most exciting and intelligent zombie movies in recent memory is the South Korean import, Train to Busan, which also features Eternals cast member Don Lee and Parasite star Woo-sik Choi, and spawned a Shudder-exclusive follow-up called Peninsula in 2020.
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Ginger Snaps (2000)
As she approaches womanhood, a teenage girl (Katharine Isabelle) undergoes a more startling transformation than she anticipated following a mysterious animal attack with only her close younger sister (Emily Perkins) to confide in, even as the strange circumstances threaten to tear them apart.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: One of the most stylish and refreshingly character-driven werewolf movies in recent memory is the Canadian import Ginger Snaps, which is co-written and directed by Orphan Black creator John Fawcett and boasts makeup effects that are extremely impressive for an early-2000s, low-budget creature feature.
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An American Werewolf In London (1981)
While backpacking through the English countryside, a college student (David Naughton) undergoes a startling transformation following a mysterious animal attack, with only the increasingly grotesque spirit of his slaughtered friend (Griffin Dunne) to confide in as the strange circumstances begin to make him a threat to others.
Why it’s one of the best horror movies on Peacock: Arguably the greatest werewolf movie since Universal’s 1941 classic The Wolf Man, director John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London is also widely considered to be one of the finest horror-comedy movies of all time, with Rick Baker’s Oscar-winning make-up effects and hilariously self-referential musical moments on the soundtrack.
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This, of course, is only a handful of recommendations of the best horror movies on Peacock. But, as you can see, they are enough to prove that the streaming service really knows what constitutes a good scare.